Night by Night by Jack Jordan #BlogTour #BookReview @JackJordanBooks @CorvusBooks

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I’m thrilled to be hosting the Night by Night blog tour today! Massive thanks to Kirsty Doole of Corvus Books for inviting me on the blog tour and the free e-copy!

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If you’re reading this, I’m dead.’

Rejected by her family and plagued by insomnia, Rose Shaw is on the brink. But one dark evening she collides with a man running through the streets, who quickly vanishes. The only sign he ever existed – a journal dropped at Rose’s feet.

She begins to obsessively dedicate her sleepless nights to discovering what happened to Finn Matthews, the mysterious author of the journal. Why was he convinced someone wanted to kill him? And why, in the midst of a string of murders, won’t the police investigate his disappearance?

Rose is determined to uncover the truth. But she has no idea what the truth will cost her…

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Jack Jordan is the global number one bestselling author of Anything for Her (2015), My Girl (2016), A Woman Scorned (2018), and Before Her Eyes (2018). He wrote his first novel at seventeen and self-published his first two e-book bestsellers by the age of twenty four. He lives in East Anglia.

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Yay a new Jack Jordan novel and what a thoroughly absorbing thriller “Night by Night” is! When I read Jordan’s first novel My Girl, I was impressed with its intensity and how it made me ‘feel’. Night by Night did very much the same thing, and took me much by surprise. I was expecting a pretty straightforward mystery but it turned out to be such an emotional read, it nearly broke me in the end.

In the first chapters the author already sets the tone by making me feel very, very sorry for Rose who suffers from a tragedy she really didn’t deserve. I already choked up there for the first time and I wasn’t even 50 pages in. Rose feels alone and lonely and one night she bumps into a man who drops his journal at her side. She doesn’t know who he is but at the very first page she reads a startling message. It turns out that even though he’s in an entirely different situation, he’s feeling frightened and lonely as well and the community isn’t welcoming him either. Rose knows what she has to do, what she can’t do for herself she’s determined to do for this man called Finn Matthews. Even though she doesn’t know him she cares and wants to know he’s ok, she doesn’t want him to be all alone and is determined to help. The police don’t take her missing person’s report serious though and Rose feels forced to make her own inquiries. She’s treading on very thin ice.

There were a few tough issues included in this novel, homophobia being the most prominent one I might say and I think the author handled this brilliantly. It was at times tough to read about the things that happened and call me a fool but I really wanted Rose to find Finn in time and see that he had escaped the hardships of his peers and the stalking and that he was leading a good life somewhere else. Some little voice inside of me warned me not to expect too much though and protect my little heart. I also absolutely had no idea who he was afraid of, it was such a mystery and I really didn’t have any suspect in mind, it kept my mind whirring when I should have been asleep.

The novel really amps up the tension towards the end and I didn’t only fear for Finn but for Rose too! I couldn’t turn those pages in the final chapters fast enough, I felt the danger coming closer and it was so emotional to hear the truth and see what happens. I tell you, when you reach those final chapters you better hold on to your hats and hope to finish it unscathed! Night by Night holds an unbelievably tense ending in store. Jack Jordan is a wonderful author and this novel is definitely one of his best works!

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Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth #BlogTour #BookReview

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Delighted to join the blog tour for Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth today! My thanks to the publisher, Mirror Books, for the opportunity to join the tour and the review copy!

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The book behind the sensational Netflix series The Ted Bundy Tapes.

Drawn from more than 150 hours of exclusive tape-recorded interviews with Bundy, this collection provides shocking insights into the killer’s 11th-hour confessions before his death in a Florida electric chair. A unique, horrifying self-portrait of one of the most savage sex killers in history.

This updated edition contains a new foreword by Robert Keppel, president of the Institute for Forensics.

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Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth have co-authored five books together.

Michaud writes extensively on criminal justice topics. He maintains a website at stephenmichaud.com.

Aynseworth has 50 years experience as a reporter, writer, editor, and publisher. Currently, he is Southwest Bureau Chief for the Washington Times.

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This is the face of one of America’s most famous serial killers:

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I just had to look it up and see what he looked like. What do you think? You really can’t begin to imagine what thoughts go on in that head of his, do you? Well neither could I but I was thrilled to find out what the man himself had to say!

Now, Conversations with a Killer is not a straightforward reply to all the questions we might want to ask Ted Bundy but it certainly is a good start if you’re curious about his personality. The interview gives an insight how he started and what sort of a person he is. I thought it would go into the crimes in great detail too but that is not the case, there are no big revelations in this novel in that way but I did manage to build some sort of a picture of him in my head and how he looks at himself and the world.

So who is Ted Bundy? After reading this book I have come to the conclusion that he comes across as someone who’s highly intelligent (much more than I had expected from someone who gives in to his impulses so easily), his attitude is quite confident and at times even cocky. He said he had low self-esteem multiple times and he explained that this lack of self-worth coupled with environment’s impulses (he means porn) made him what he is. He’s an expert in avoiding telling something he doesn’t want to, he’s a manipulator and even in his time with the authors I saw him trying to get his way, making false promises, leading them on. He didn’t sound like the devil incarnate when you hear him talk but when he said he didn’t feel remorse, he had nothing to feel sorry for, it pulled me right back to the crimes he committed and into thinking what sort of a monster he really was, a real wolf in sheep’s clothes. And to think he does everything to stay alive yet didn’t value the lives of the innocent people he pursued at all himself!

Even if you have to take everything this notorious killer says with more than a pinch of salt, it’s still intriguing. I’m sure he said a lot of BS but there are also other things that ring true and make sense. I’m telling you again, he was anything but stupid. I still can’t grasp how he could kill again and again and again (how many times, nobody knows really, Wikipedia tells me he never admitted a specific number) but it was fascinating to hear him talk, be it in a 3rd person voice about ‘the serial killer’. It did create some distance so I probably would have liked it better if he had just told us in his own POV but it wasn’t really hard to transfer his observations and thoughts onto himself either, everyone knows it was really about him.

Confessions of a Killer was a very interesting read and a unique insight in the mind of a killer. It’s a lot of things that it’s not: it’s not a confession, it’s not about the details of his crimes, but if you want to read about the person that is, or I should say was Ted Bundy, then it is certainly worth reading. I’ve certainly enjoyed this short time inside this devil’s mind.

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The Passengers by John Marrs #BlogTour #BookReview @johnmarrs1 @Tr4cyF3nt0n @EburyPublishing

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Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man.

Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

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John Marrs is the author of #1 Best Sellers The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Welcome to Wherever You Are and Her Last Move. The One has been translated into 20 different languages and is to be turned into a a ten-part Netflix series in 2019.
After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time writer.

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Do you want the long version or the short one? For those who don’t want to wait for the punchline: put it on your readlist, now!

This novel is legit one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read, it’s brilliant, timely and I loved it 100%. If you enjoyed reading The One then it’s guaranteed that you’ll love The Passengers too. Even though the subject in the novel is completely different, it follows the same format again, involving multiple (8!) characters with alternating POV’s. Each person has secrets to hide, secrets you’d never EVER thought of and will catch you completely off guard!

I have to be honest, I was completely pro the idea of driverless cars. You see, I don’t have a driver’s license myself so the thought of a stress-free ride where you don’t have to navigate yourself (there’s not even a steering wheel in level 5 cars so you have all the time in the world to eat breakfast, apply makeup or, oh yes, read a book) sounded more than wonderful but what happens to The Passengers was anything but stress-free. There’s a hacker who controls the cars and don’t think he doesn’t mean it! If I had any doubts in the first minutes it becomes clear right away that he is dead serious!

The entire novel is high on tension and plays on the reader’s moral compass. Who would you choose to survive a collision? The pregnant woman? The police woman with two children? The foreign woman who doesn’t speak English? Marrs plays this so well, he even adds the opinions of jurors and those on social media as well, leaving us even more hesistant to pledge our loyalty to one specific person. And then, just when you’ve almost decided he shuffles the deck of cards and secrets come out that might change your thoughts, again and again… The people I felt most loyal to suddenly find themselves ranked quite differently when I had to consider which secret was the worst to have.

Marrs really doesn’t let up until the end, he always seems to have another twist up his sleeve. I don’t know how he can be so imaginative but I really fell from one surprise into another and even when I thought it was finally all over, there was still more to come.

I can’t find any fault in The Passengers, it gets my golden buzzer! The novel is original, fresh and shows a frightening glimpse of what the future might hold. In case you didn’t get it yet: put it on your readlist, now!

My thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invitation and to the publisher for the paperback review copy.

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The Liars by Naomi Joy #BlogTour #GuestPost @naomijoyauthor @ariafiction

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Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for The Liars by Naomi Joy. My thanks also to Vicky Joss and publisher Aria for the opportunity to be part of the tour. I think this book sounds brilliant and I’m happy to share a wonderful guestpost on ‘office politics‘ and how it inspired the author to write The Liars.

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Two women. One deadly secret. A rivalry that could destroy them.

Ava Wells is perfect. She has the boyfriend, the career, the looks. One night changes everything and her life isn’t so seamless anymore.

Jade Fernleigh is ambitious. She’s worked hard to get where she is. And she’s not about to let Ava take the job she rightly deserves.

Both women share a secret that could destroy them, but who will crumble first?

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Naomi Joy is a pen name of a young PR professional who was formerly an account director at prestigious Storm Communications. Writing from experience, she draws the reader in the darker side of the uptown and glamorous, presenting realism that is life or death, unreliable and thrilling to page-turn.

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If you’ve ever worked in an office, you’ll know all about office politics. The cliques that form during after-work drinks, the divisions that emerge between those who are ‘in’ and those who are ‘out’, the horrifying realisation that people can progress at work based only on their relationships with those in charge. It’s a skill unto itself and, if you want to get ahead, you have to learn to play the game.

After graduating from Durham University, I moved to London to pursue a career in PR. The industry as a whole is extremely female-dominated—66% female to 34% male—but, at the top end, this statistic swings the other way: just 20% of the women in PR hold Managing Director positions. This, in my opinion and experience, is part of the reason why office politics and rivalries in the industry can tend towards the ruthless: I’ve seen female bosses take credit for more junior womens’ work, women thrown under the bus for mistakes that weren’t theirs, have heard lies and rumours fly between peers, each determined to outdo the other. But with a vast number of women competing for a dwindling number of roles the further up the ranks they go, it’s inevitable, isn’t it?

During my research for The Liars, I came across a term – The Sisterhood Ceiling – coined by researchers from the London Business School after they found that workplace competition was more likely to negatively impact women than men. It can manifest in a number of ways, from women shying away from competition in order to preserve an office friendship, from women stopping other women succeeding by actively sabotaging them. I witnessed, and experienced, both during my career.

This topic is ultimately what led me to write The Liars: a thriller borne out of an office rivalry. Ava and Jade are peers, both up for the same role at work. Ava is younger than Jade and has less experience, but her connections with those in charge make her the front-runner for the role. This infuriates Jade and she’ll stop at nothing to prevent Ava landing the job that’s rightfully hers. To make matters worse, the pair share an unspeakable secret, one they know will ruin them both if told. But with so much at stake, can either trust the other not to talk? Would you sabotage a rival to stop them taking what’s yours?

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A Gift for Dying by M.J. Arlidge #BlogTour #BookReview

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Today it is my great pleasure to be joining the blog tour for A Gift For Dying, the brand new standalone thriller by M.J. Arlidge. My thanks go to publishers Michael Joseph who provided an advance copy of the book for review and tour organiser Tracy Fenton!

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Adam Brandt is a forensic psychologist, well used to dealing with the most damaged members of society.

But he’s never met anyone like Kassie.

The teenager claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.

Obviously, Adam knows Kassie must be insane. But then a serial killer hits the city. And only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.

He just doesn’t realise how deadly his faith might prove…

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I was thrilled to be invited for the blog tour of A Gift for Dying. I’m running a bit behind reading the DI Helen Grace novels so I’m ever so happy with this standalone.

The novel has short and snappy chapters and I was continually tempted to read one more chapter. Kassie certainly had a firm hold on my thoughts and even when it’s not a thin book, it was definitely an easy and fast read.

What I enjoyed most of all in the novel was the uncertainty relating to Kassie’s ability (I’m not sure you could call it a gift really). She claims she can foresee someone’s death quite well when she looks people in the eyes. Adam Brandt, the forensic psychologist who is called in to assess Kassie doesn’t believe her in first instance. He’s the voice of rational thinking and he’s seen quite a lot of people with delusions in his years of experience. He was playing the devil on my shoulder with Kassie on the other side.

She continually asks Brandt to believe her and I really felt for her, but like him, I was also very sceptical. Believing her would also come with a terrifying consequence. You see, there’s one helluva revalation in the first half of the novel which hangs over the rest of the novel and made it quite difficult to believe Kassie. I actually didn’t want to believe her at all. Don’t worry if this sounds strange, you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it! I always had it in the back of my mind, even if I wanted to I couldn’t forget about it! Could she be speaking the truth or is she simply insane, or perhaps there’s someone close to her using her? Aah how wonderful to be kept guessing… Brandt feels protective of Kassie but at the same time she’s seriously incriminating herself because it all comes back to her and the police are not buying her story.

I said it before but I’ll say it again because it really doesn’t always work for me the way it did this time but I loved the paranormal angle. If you’re not a big fan of these threads, you can still enjoy this. Besides that he also satisfies readers who love a bit of heartbreak and drama as well as every die hard triller fan by inserting an emotional and touching plotline and not holding back on a few gruesome murders :-). The novel shocked me too but the weird part is that it wasn’t even these aforementioned murders that surprised me most. He sure knows how to write a twist! I’m sure this novel will please readers of all genres.

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The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott #BlogTour #BookReview

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Welcome to my blog stop on the book tour for The Woman Inside by writer duo E.G. Scott. My thanks to the authors, to Tracy Fenton and publisher Orion Books for the opportunity to be part of the tour. I can’t wait to tell you more so let’s go!

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Rebecca didn’t know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, charismatic, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed that they were each other’s ideal (and perhaps only) match.

But twenty years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. Paul is cheating on Rebecca, and his affair gets messy fast. His mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul’s elaborate plan to build a new life without her. And though Rebecca is spiraling into an opiate addiction, it doesn’t stop her from coming up with a devious plot of her own, and this one could end absolutely everything.

What follows is an unpredictable and stylish game of cat and mouse—a shocking tale of unfaithfulness and unreliability that will keep you racing until the final twist and make you wonder how well you really know your spouse.

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The Woman Inside is a domestic thriller where thrilling secrets and lies suddenly wreak havoc to a solid marriage of 20 years.

The novel pulled me in right away. The intrigue and secret-keeping is set in motion from the very first chapters when Rebecca decides to get away and comes to the shocking conclusion that their little pot of money (well not so little anymore after 20 years of saving by both of them) is allmost all but gone. They saved and saved to build their dream home, they were even keeping pace who could raise the month’s highest amount, and now dear husband Paul has cleaned out the account and thinks she hasn’t seen it. Does she confront him? Noooo of course not, that would spoil all the fun!

The story is told in alternative voices by Rebecca and Paul. She’s popping pills like you’ve never seen before and he’s a cheater, so who’s the most unreliable one in this story? Tough choice! I enjoyed getting to know these beautifully flawed characters. Who to side on though? Poor Rebecca who is all but cleaned out and suspects that Paul is preparing to go off with a mistress? It felt right at first but then I started to feel more cautious and doubt crept in whether it’s all as straightforward as it seemed. As I learned both characters had secrets to protect I had a change of heart who the ‘better person’ was a couple of times and that was before a third person gets into the mix, someone who might turn out to be as crazy – or even crazier – than the other two. They’re all on an equal footing here so I was pretty excited to discover who would come out on top and let me just tell you in advance it wasn’t who I thought it would be.

There were plenty of twists and turns, some you expect but at least one I can guarantee you can’t see coming in a million years. It was kind of a crazy twist is all I want to say about it and I’ll let you be as dumbfounded as I was 😃 I really enjoyed how the novel was wrapped up. After all that happened I still felt quite sad for Rebecca and Paul, but the ending was quite fitting.

E.G. Scott is a synonym for two authors and I think their collaboration worked perfectly in this novel because I had no idea Elizabeth and Gregg wrote this unpredictable story together.

I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup #BlogTour #BookReview @JennyPlatt90 @MichaelJBooks

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Welcome to my blog stop on the book tour for The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup. My thanks to the author, to Jenny Platt and publisher Michael Joseph for the opportunity to be part of the tour. I can’t wait to tell you more so let’s go!

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One blustery October morning in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen, the police make a terrible discovery. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.

Ambitious young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner, Mark Hess, is a burned-out investigator who’s just been kicked out of Europol. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead – the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung.

The man who confessed to her murder is behind bars and the case is long since closed.

Soon afterwards, another woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case, the murdered women and a killer who is spreading fear throughout the country. But what is it?

Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it’s clear that the murderer is on a mission that is far from over . . .

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Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed scriptwriter of the Danish television phenomenon The Killing which won various international awards and sold in more than a hundred countries. More recently, Sveistrup wrote the screenplay for Jo Nesbø’s The Snowman. Sveistrup obtained a Master in Literature and in History from the University of Copenhagen and studied at the Danish Film School. He has won countless prizes, including an Emmy for Nikolaj and Julie and a BAFTA for The Killing.

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I was surprised when I received this novel and saw it had a whopping 515 pages to read. It was so captivating though that not even for one millisecond I considered this a disadvantage, I raced through it!

Frankly, I wasn’t nearly prepared enough when I started reading this as this novel had my heart nearly beating out of my chest after turning those first pages. Even though nestled cosily in my chair I felt a deep fear for what was coming. The start of the novel is heads-on disturbing and brutal (yeah just the way I like it). The tension eases slightly when the investigation starts but returns with lightening speed every so often and definitely ramps up towards the end when it gets more gruesome again. I have to say the assaults in this novel were quite brutal and an attack on my senses as well with their vivid imaginary descriptions.

Detectives Thulin and Hess were a great team even if they are quite different. The one green and one blue eyed detective Hess is a bit of an Einzelgänger and was dropped in Copenhagen while they’re investigating his past actions in The Hague. He doesn’t want to be there of course so at first he doesn’t want to invest any time or energy until it comes to his attention that there might – or must – be a link between the present murder and a murder that happened a year earlier which the killer confessed and was arrested for. The killer’s calling card leaves everyone baffled and he can’t help but take an interest after all.

The novel had a brilliant plot and I loved how the storyline was built. Even though I felt that the key to unlocking the mystery had to lie with Ministery of Social Affairs Hartung and her missing daughter Kristine, I wasn’t quite able to figure out how and why she fit into the story and the truth left me gobsmacked. Even though as a reader you know a bit more than the detectives, it’s impossible to stay far ahead of them so you reach the same conclusion almost at the same time, leaving you quite speechless about the outcome.

If you twist my arm about anything I didn’t like about this book it might be that it sometimes took a few moments to know whose POV I was reading at the start of a chapter but that’s really all I can think of. It’s such a minor detail though and I’m still giving The Chestnut Man all the stars. One other thing I want to mention is that the Dutch version of the book is called Oktober (yes the month October) which is in my opinion nowhere near as great a title as The Chestnut Man.

This novel is definitely one of the best thrillers I read of late. I recommend it especially to the readers who read and enjoyed The Fourth Monkey Killer and who don’t mind a bit of torture now and then. You definitely want to add this one to your readlist! It does feel obvious that the author is in the movie business and I really want to see this made into a series or a movie. I know now when to look away after all :-).

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